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Ground-Breaking Therapies in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

The fight against Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most important of our time. While there is not yet a cure, increased focus on dementia-related illness has produced exciting new possibilities. These include both drug-based and cognitive-centered therapies that slow the progression of the disease. These groundbreaking therapies are key to not only improving the …

Lorraine Stone Appears as Harriet Tubman at Black History Month Celebration

United Methodist Communities at The Wesleyan hosts the annual event United Methodist Communities (UMC) at The Wesleyan celebrates Black History month annually — 2020 was no exception. Lorraine Stone reenacted the life of a remarkable cook, nurse, slave, political activist, suffragette, armed scout, liberator, abolitionist, spy, founder of a retirement home, and devout Methodist. That …

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United Methodist Communities Partners with Synzi to Support Home Health Clients

New Jersey Organization Uses the Synzi Virtual Care Communication Platform to Enhance the Delivery of Home Health Care Synzi, a leading virtual care company, has announced that United Methodist Communities (UMC), a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a 112+ year history in New Jersey, is using Synzi’s virtual care platform in HomeWorks, its home care division. …

The Challenge and the Opportunity of Downsizing

Downsizing is a commonly cited concern of those contemplating assisted living . While shedding clutter can be a liberating experience for many, it also opens an exciting chapter of life. Here are some of the challenges as well as the great opportunities downsizing brings from our assisted living team in Gloucester County, NJ. The Challenge – Realizing the …

Spotting the 5 Signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment

As we age, our brains change just like the rest of our bodies. While it’s natural to notice a little forgetfulness as your loved one ages, it’s important to know the difference between normal signs of aging and something more serious — mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Here’s how to identify signs that indicate your loved …

What is Terminal Lucidity?

Every individual reaches the end of their life in their own way. Often, this time brings unexpected feelings, events, and phenomena.  One of these phenomena is terminal lucidity. Here’s some insight into what this mysterious rally is all about, from our hospice community in South Jersey . The Phenomenon of Terminal Lucidity  What causes terminal lucidity, also called an end-of-life rally . Why some …

Great Brain Games Can Keep Senior Minds Sharp!

Memory loss , whether it’s simple forgetfulness or a serious health condition like dementia or Alzheimer’s, is a common challenge for the majority of seniors. A lot of research is going into how we can prevent or slow this type of memory loss, and researchers are increasingly promoting brain games to achieve this. Here’s some insight from …

5 Tips for Making the Move to Assisted Living Easier for Couples

At first, it might sound easier, but it can actually be far more challenging to find an assisted living facility for both your parents than for just one of them! With life spans increasing for both men and women, and more couples than ever before over the age of 60, families are increasingly having to …

Guardianship and Your Loved One in Hospice

It’s important that a person’s wishes regarding their medical care and financial decisions are respected at all times. However, this can become a problem when they are no longer able to competently advocate for themselves. In these cases, a guardianship may be necessary. Here’s what this means, from the team at our hospice in South Jersey . What is Guardianship?  …

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United Methodist Communities Wins Four MarCom Awards

United Methodist Communities (UMC) is the recipient of four 2019 MarCom Awards, an international creative competition recognizing outstanding marketing and communications professionals. The MarCom Awards administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital, and web professionals. This year, they judged over 6,500 …

5 Festive Events All Around Town for Seniors and Families!

  The Skylands Christmas Light Show & Christmas Village – Sussex County is host to one of the best Christmas villages and light shows in the state! Admission to the outdoor village is free and the light show costs $20 per car. This event features more than 2 million lights along a mile-long drive, Santa’s …

Why Do Doctors Recommend Hospice Care?

When you go to a doctor, you mainly focus on getting treatment or a cure for your illness. Therefore, when a doctor recommends hospice, it can be difficult to understand. The reality is that doctors want their patients to get the best care possible, and that sometimes means recommending hospice care . Here are some insights from our …

4 Reasons Moving to Assisted Living Can Boost Health and Happiness

Many aging parents resist the move into assisted living , fearing a loss of independence and quality of life. However, the reality is quite different! Assisted living communities are much more advanced, attractive, and beneficial than many people imagine. Unfortunately, these fears can hold seniors back from living their best lives in their Golden Years. Here are …

4 Ways to Celebrate the Festive Season with Your Loved One in a CCRC

Celebrating the holidays is one of the highlights on anyone’s calendar! And, that doesn’t change simply because your parents are in a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community)! Here are four tips on how to bring the festivities home to your loved one, from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey: Chat with Your Loved One …